— Is Market Diner going to close to make way for a new luxury development? The Real Deal reports that the Moinan Group plans to build a 13-story mixed used development on the site where the diner sits. Jeremiah Moss notes that the greasy spoon was "a favorite of Frank Sinatra and west-side gangsters." It would be a shame to lose this cool building:
It's been in business since 1962. The management has not responded to inquiries about the development that will most likely replace the diner.
— Second Avenue Italian restaurant Contrada has been closed since at least Saturday. The Grieve reports that the dining room is nearly empty, the phone is disconnected, and the menu box is empty. There is no sign about any temporary closure or vacation. As you may recall, this space housed Calliope for a few years, but then the chefs split, and some of the owners rebranded it as an Italian restaurant. In other mysterious shutter news, Lower East Side Italian restaurant Apizz has been closed since last weekend as well, and there's no sign indicating a temporary break either. If you spot any openings or closings in your neighborhood, let us know.
— It looks like the Chipotle in Chelsea where Nate Appleman sometimes works just got shut down by the DOH:
— Montauk residents have had their summers ruined by vacationing buffoons who party till the break of dawn and have sex on the side of the highway. The Post reports that these coastal NIMBYs are urging the local community board to consider forcing the bars to stop serving booze at 2 a.m. The angry neighbors have started a Facebook page to express their frustrations:
— The owners of West Village special occasions restaurant One of By Land, Two if By Sea got busted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for removing a plaster archway above the entrance on Barrow Street. A manager tells DNAinfo: "One of the things that needed to be fixed was the doors, because there were holes in the bottom — mice could come through." The restaurant could be forced to pay the LPC as much as $5,000 if they're found to be violating a rule here. The owners claim that the arch was removed without their consent, and to make matters worse the neighbors are complaining about noise emanating from the restaurant, now that it has a new door.
— Staff training is now underway at Jonathan Waxman's Jams: The Next Generation. Here's a shot of the work in progress, with bonus lens flares:
— A lawsuit filed against Happy Ending manager Teddy Perweiler by his ex-girlfriend was dismissed in court. The bar owner was arrested in May for allegedly assaulting his ex.
— And finally, on a much lighter note, here's where to get a Big Tray Chicken during Cheap Eats Week: